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Classics Department Student Advisor

<a href="//">Clay Meldrum</a><br />ClassicsMeet Clayton Medrum

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Majors: Classics and Biology
Concentration: Community & Global Health
Study Abroad: Costa Rica
Best Adjective to Describe You: Surprising

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In 20 words or less, what Is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best part about being in the Classics Department is the thoughtful and interesting faculty and students who add more layers to learning.

What Is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
If you are slightly interested or want to but don't know for sure if Classics is an area for you, take it! Classics is way more relevant than many think and very few people regret getting into it, if for nothing more than interesting classes about cool topics that can add to your other knowledge and broaden your academic resume.

What is the most valuable thing you've learned at K?
The most important thing I have learned is to be open to receiving knowledge as it comes. Sometimes classes or experiences that I didn't think would be important ended up impacting my academic career and as I have gone through K so far, I have learned so much from experiences and people that I would have never expected.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite class was probably Roman Army because of the friends Ihad in it, in combination with the cool and interesting material, which made it a fun class to come to, even at 8:30. As a Classics major, the class material was interesting to me, but it was really cool to see my friends from other areas and fields of study enjoy learning about classic civilization and make those connections like we do often in the department

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
By nature, my two majors (Biology and Classics) are not a traditional pairing for an academic resume, however I have found them not only to be related, but to be extremely helpful with each other in unique ways. For example, a project I started last spring in my Classics Seminar course on Ancient Egypt combined modern research I had come across in my science classes that I then used to apply to ancient Egyptian medicine in a way no one has before. It's things like that that I think are so cool and are only possible because of the open curriculum/interdisciplinary opportunities here at K.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated In?
Last summer I interned at Bronson Hospital, this summer I am interning at the Kalamazoo County Health and Community Services Department working on the 2017 Community Health Assessment I have been a Peer Leader as well as an underclassmen mentor in various academic and social settings. I play football here and participate in many of the volunteer initiatives that the team takes in the community at area elementary schools, events, etc.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is related to the work I am doing at my internship, but is looking closer at the huge issue of infant mortality in Kalamazoo and the steps that have been taken up to now, as well as what will be done from here on out, including the work that Cradle Kalamazoo and other organizations are doing.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I plan on going to medical school and having a career practicing medicine. However, my larger life goals include a lot of medical mission work, setting up more programs to promote medical mission work, and also to be more involved in the process of healthcare policy-making.